Allergic reactions and asthma are caused by overactive immune responses to external stimuli. But these conditions aren’t the only ways that the body’s immune system can become overactive: autoimmune diseases are also a manifestation of an overactive immune system. Some individuals suffer from frequent or difficult to treat infections, who may have immunodeficiency or an underactive immune system. Sometimes immunodeficiency and autoimmunity can coexist.
At Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic, we provide patients with the comprehensive range of evaluations, procedures, therapies, products, and supplies needed to manage their conditions and lead healthy, fulfilling lives. If you’re looking for a place to receive specialized allergy and asthma care in Oregon, Washington, or California, contact Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!
People are exposed to a countless amount of germs every day, making occasional infections inevitable. But some individuals get infections more frequently and for longer periods of time than others. If you are required to take antibiotics several times a year to treat infections, it could be a sign of a weak immune system.
By learning more about the number, type, and severity of the infections that you experience, our physicians at Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic can help us better understand the way your immune system functions, and provide you with prevention and treatment strategies needed to help prevent future infections.
According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA), up to 50 million people in the United States are affected by an autoimmune disease. These conditions develop when the immune system, which normally defends the body against disease and infection, begins to attack healthy cells.
The symptoms of autoimmune diseases can vary widely because each autoimmune disease affects that body differently. However, common symptoms include fatigue, fever, and problems with the following organs and tissues:
- Red blood cells
- Connective tissue
- Endocrine glands
While there are as many as 80 different types of autoimmune diseases, the most common include:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Reactive Arthritis
- Type 1 Diabetes
At Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic, our trained specialists can work with other specialists such as Rheumatologists to provide patients with comprehensive services they need to diagnose and manage their autoimmune diseases. Some autoimmune diseases do not fall into a well-defined pattern or syndrome, and we at Columbia Asthma and Allergy Clinic take special pride in finding novel treatment options for these patients.
Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic is committed to providing patients in California, Oregon, and Washington with the specialized care they need to lead happy, thriving lives. If you suspect that you or someone you love has an immunologic condition, don’t hesitate — contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment.